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NGLTF Releases Blueprint For Second Clinton Term

Date: 
February 02, 1997

In his upcoming State of the Union address, the President will set forth his agenda for the next year. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today released a report calling for bolder action and leadership from a second Clinton Administration on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.

The report "A Call for Presidential Action: A Blueprint on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues," urges the Administration to ensure that gays are woven into the fabric of our society as equal partners, once and for all.

"We urge bolder action and leadership from the Administration to assure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons are treated with fairness and compassion," said Kerry Lobel, Executive Director of NGLTF. While there are a number of issues addressed in the report, Lobel noted civil rights, family and youth issues are of highest priority for the Task Force. "The lack of legal recognition for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships means parents can and do lose custody of their children because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Lobel.

The report calls for White House action to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; increased government action in the face of increasing hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; protection for gay youth, who are at higher risks for suicide and violence; and ending the continuing witch hunts against gays in the military.

"This Administration must address the attacks on our civil rights, on our youth and on our families," noted Helen Gonzales, NGLTF Public Policy Director and author of the report. "The President should set a high moral tone of fairness and justice for all Americans, both through his actions and his words," said Gonzales.

For copies of the report, please contact Tracey Conaty at 202/332-6483 extension 3303. It is also available at Task Force Online, NGLTF's web site at http://www.ngltf.org/library.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.